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1920s–1930s

1920s–1930s

Royal & Distinguished Patronage

1920s - 1930s

Royal & Distinguished Patronage

It was not long before Bettys became well known in Yorkshire for its excellent service, elegant surroundings and delicate continental cakes.

During the 1920s Bettys expanded, opening a purpose-built bakery to supply new cafés in Bradford and Leeds. These were thriving cities that had flourished through industry and Frederick opened his Tea Rooms in prime locations to attract shoppers and businessmen.

Bettys boasted ‘royal and distinguished patronage’, tempting customers with lavish window displays, live music from violin virtuosos, chic function rooms and catering services much in demand for wedding receptions and private parties.

But by 1937 Frederick had set his sights on a new goal. During the 19th century York had become the confectionary capital of Britain, as the home of Terry’s, Rowntree’s and Craven’s. Frederick decided to join them, somewhat brazenly opening premises directly opposite the long-established Terry’s café in St Helen’s Square.

“I bet if you went into Bettys and asked for a bun they’d send for the police!”

Yorkshire Post, 10th Dec 1932

Hand-coloured menu, 1925

Hand-coloured menu, c.1925

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“To Harrogate residents and visitors from far afield “Betty’s” is a household word, standing for all that is dainty, comfortable and fashionable in a café”

Yorkshire Post, 10th Dec 1926

1920s

Bettys Afternoon Tea

Bettys Afternoon Tea

1920s

Bettys Afternoon Tea

These adverts from the 1920s show that Afternoon Tea is not simply a modern trend . "Good food, good cooking and courteous personal service, are the features for which Bettys have become famous", says one. When you visit we hope you find that little has changed.

From Our Archives

Advertisment of the Queen Mary

Advertisment of the Queen Mary

Bettys Bakery

Bettys Bakery

Staff working in the bakery, c. late 1920s

Bettys Chocolate Box

Bettys Chocolate Box

c.1920s

Bettys Bakery opens, 1922

Another dream accomplished

Bettys Bakery opens, c.1920s

Bradford, 1924

Bradford, 1924

The second Bettys included the 'Mayfair' function rooms

Leeds, 1930

Leeds, 1930

The third Bettys at the corner of Commercial Street and Lands Lane

The new confectionary room

The new confectionary room

Bettys Bakery

The interior of Bettys Café

The interior of Bettys Café

Cambridge Crescent. Circa c.1920's